Home Wifi

This episode we discuss Home Wifi.  There has been a big push in technology to create devices that can cover dead spots in your home, apartment or work area.  We talk about the top companies that have the highest rated devices on the market and the differences between them

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eero
- home wifi.  $199 /$349/ $499(https://eero.com)

eero is the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. Finally. WiFi that actually works.

(family controls)
(No user monitoring)
(automatic software updates)
(guest controls)

Amazon shows higher rating than all of the listed below devices.  very low bad reviews.  Pleased with the coverage of these devices by customers
Bestbuy shows only concerns were the price of the items and how it created a new network

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Luma - surround WIFI. $399- base and two other bases ( https://getluma.com)

Luma gives you the fastest WiFi everywhere. From the smallest apartment to the biggest of very big homes, so many things can be affecting your signal strength. Luma tells you how many devices you’ll need to set up a mesh network that’s customized to your unique home, and smart enough to keep that network running at full speed, full-time. All on its own, too 

(big time monitoring capability on your phone for all activities)
(guest and parental control)
(user monitoring)
(automatic software updates)

Bestbuy reviews showed a high number of bad customer comments during the first roll out from July - August 2016.  Amazon showed very high customer satisfaction overall

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AmpliFI
- mesh wifi system - $199 - $299 -$399.  longer range for different price points base and 2 antenna’s (https://www.amplifi.com)

AmpliFi is more than a common home router: it’s the ultimate Wi-Fi system. With turbocharged 802.11ac Wi-Fi, AmpliFi utilizes multiple self-configuring radios and advanced antenna technology to bring ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage to any home. 

(LCD screen on the main device)
(blue tooth energy for antenna communication)
(Guest monitoring)
(device monitoring using the wifi)
(weird antenna looking devices for access points)
(automatic software updates)

Amazon has this as their highest rated device out of them all.  But it only has 48 reviews

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Google wifi - mesh wifi system - $129 for 1 and $299 for 3 pack ( https://madeby.google.com/wifi/?utm_source=ads-en-ha-na-sem&utm_medium=text-both&utm_term=ds_kwdid&utm_content=new-dr-skws&utm_campaign=wifi&gclid=CjwKEAiAgavBBRCA7ZbggrLSkUcSJACWDexAPNleaGjW4teMd0F6u67ii2w4sihL7Sl2l5IEKgQ1vRoCADHw_wcB)

The system uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi (something usually only seen in expensive commercial installations). Within our mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router.  Google Wifi was designed from the ground up to support the new ways we use Wi-Fi. These days, Wi-Fi has to be able to support lots of devices at the same time, and stand up to high-bandwidth activities like streaming video or gaming — in every room of your house. Google Wifi is an expandable system, so for larger homes, you can simply add Google Wifi points. They connect to one another and spread a strong network signal to every room.

(waiting list)
(not much app support)
(limited functions for wifi control)

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eero
- home wifi.  $199 /$349/ $499(https://eero.com)

eero is the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. Finally. WiFi that actually works.

(family controls)
(No user monitoring)
(automatic software updates)
(guest controls)

Amazon shows higher rating than all of the listed below devices.  very low bad reviews.  Pleased with the coverage of these devices by customers
Bestbuy shows only concerns were the price of the items and how it created a new network

++++++++++++++++++++
Luma - surround WIFI.
$399- base and two other bases ( https://getluma.com)

Luma gives you the fastest WiFi everywhere. From the smallest apartment to the biggest of very big homes, so many things can be affecting your signal strength. Luma tells you how many devices you’ll need to set up a mesh network that’s customized to your unique home, and smart enough to keep that network running at full speed, full-time. All on its own, too 

(big time monitoring capability on your phone for all activities)
(guest and parental control)
(user monitoring)
(automatic software updates)

Bestbuy reviews showed a high number of bad customer comments during the first roll out from July - August 2016.  Amazon showed very high customer satisfaction overall

++++++++++++++++++++
AmpliFI
- mesh wifi system - $199 - $299 -$399.  longer range for different price points base and 2 antenna’s (https://www.amplifi.com)

AmpliFi is more than a common home router: it’s the ultimate Wi-Fi system. With turbocharged 802.11ac Wi-Fi, AmpliFi utilizes multiple self-configuring radios and advanced antenna technology to bring ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage to any home. 

(LCD screen on the main device)
(blue tooth energy for antenna communication)
(Guest monitoring)
(device monitoring using the wifi)
(weird antenna looking devices for access points)
(automatic software updates)

Amazon has this as their highest rated device out of them all.  But it only has 48 reviews

++++++++++++++++++++
Google wifi
- mesh wifi system - $129 for 1 and $299 for 3 pack ( https://madeby.google.com/wifi/?utm_source=ads-en-ha-na-sem&utm_medium=text-both&utm_term=ds_kwdid&utm_content=new-dr-skws&utm_campaign=wifi&gclid=CjwKEAiAgavBBRCA7ZbggrLSkUcSJACWDexAPNleaGjW4teMd0F6u67ii2w4sihL7Sl2l5IEKgQ1vRoCADHw_wcB)

The system uses a technology called mesh Wi-Fi (something usually only seen in expensive commercial installations). Within our mesh network, each Google Wifi point creates a high-powered connection, and the different points work together to determine the best path for your data. The result is fast Wi-Fi everywhere in your house, not just right next to the router.  Google Wifi was designed from the ground up to support the new ways we use Wi-Fi. These days, Wi-Fi has to be able to support lots of devices at the same time, and stand up to high-bandwidth activities like streaming video or gaming — in every room of your house. Google Wifi is an expandable system, so for larger homes, you can simply add Google Wifi points. They connect to one another and spread a strong network signal to every room.

(waiting list)
(not much app support)
(limited functions for wifi control)

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